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Ruto: Shakahola massacre shows ‘devil is disappointed I won elections’

President William Ruto now says the deaths at Shakahola in Kilifi county occurred because Satan is unhappy with the God fearing leaders elected on August 9, 2022.

Addressing a church service in Nairobi on May 14, 2023 the Head of State emphasised that the hotly contested polls were between leaders who worship God and those who ‘do things the other way round’.

“Brethren, I plead with you let’s pray for our country. I believe because the last elections people elected between the ones who worship God and those who do things the other way round, that is why we are experiencing challenges such as the Shakahola’s,” Ruto said.

“Satan is unhappy and so he has mixed God’s deeds with the killings. But because we defeated him, he will still continue to be defeated,” the President alleged.

He made the statements while addressing the A.I.C Milimani Church, Nairobi congregants.

During 2022 polls, Dr Ruto successfully vied for the top seat in the country on a Kenya Kwanza ticket against his close competitor, Mr Raila Odinga (Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Alliance) and two other contestants namely Wahiga Mwaure and George Wajackoyah.

The Head of State, however, reiterated his government’s commitment in bringing sanity in churches and cautioned members to be keen on leaders with misleading teachings.

Ruto said he has authorized investigative agencies to get to the bottom cause of Shakahola deaths, as the toll rises by day following the ongoing exhumation exercise.

Cult leader Paul Mackenzie who is in custody, is linked to the incident and is accused of indoctrinating his followers.

Ruto echoed his initial announcement that Mackenzie is a terrorist who belongs to jail, while instructing police and the judiciary to crack a whip on the Good News International Church founder.

The president has formed a commission of inquiry to investigate Shakahola matter.

About 200 deaths have been reported in Shakahola, with most of the victims buried in shallow graves in what authorities say is a cult like religion in which church leaders convinced the congregation to starve to death as a direct ticket of heading to heaven.

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